Haj Stampede: Death Toll Of Indians Goes Up To 101

09/10/2015 9:56 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Hajj pilgrims and Saudi emergency personnel carry a woman on a stretcher at the site where at least 450 were killed and hundreds wounded in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015. The stampede, the second deadly accident to strike the pilgrims this year, broke out during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual, the Saudi civil defence service said. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The death toll of Indians at the Haj stampede has gone up to 101, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Friday morning. Meanwhile, 32 others are still missing.

"Saudi authorities have identified more pilgrims who died in Haj stampede," she tweeted on Friday. The Indian consulate in Jeddah has put up a list of Indians who have died, as well as the names of the 32 missing.

The tragic stampede outside the holy city of Mecca last month has killed at least 1,364 people according to an Associated Press report, which is 600 more than the official government death toll. This is the worst disaster to strike the Haj in a quarter century.

Updated list of Indians died from Mina Stampede as reported at Indian Haj Mission - 12

Posted by Haj Mission, Indian Consulate, Jeddah on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Makkah Helpline Numbers

MEA's 24X7 Mission helpline numbers:

00966125458000

00966125496000

Toll-free number for pilgrims in Kingdom: 8002477786

Control room for assistance to affected families from Mina stampede.

Posted by Haj Mission, Indian Consulate, Jeddah on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nearly 1.5 lakh Indians had gone on the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca this year. The stampede occurred on 24 September when Haj pilgrims jostled their way to perform symbolic stoning of the devil in Mina at the holy Mecca, marking the culmination of the annual pilgrimage.

The tragic incident occurred outside the five-storey Jamarat Bridge, which was erected in the last decade at a cost of more than $1 billion and intended to improve safety.

(with agency inputs)

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